The Armenian Genocide of April 24, 1915 – 97 Years Later

The Armenian Genocide has been a constant struggle in the Armenian Community around the world for the past 97 years. As the 97th Anniversary approaches next month, I feel the need to talk to you about it today. The Armenian Genocide happened on April 24, 1915 until about 1923. Crimes committed against humanity of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey. 1.5 Million Armenians were massacred, murdered, and taken out of their homes, deported, made people walk through the desert and when they get tired or fall, the Turkish Ottoman empire sees them and kicks them down, women were raped, slaughtered, decapated, stabbed, shot and so much more. The Turkish Ottoman Empire tried to wipe all the Armenians off the globe, but could not succeed. 97 Years later the scar is still there and will never go away in the Armenian Community. They tried to wipe a Christian Nation, but they could not. This issue has been a constant struggle in the world in terms of recognition and acknowledgement that these criminal acts did happen and Turkey has yet to admit their crimes against humanity.

Annually we take buses to go to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in Canada’s Capital to Thank Canada for continuously supporting and recognizing the Armenian Genocide and being by our side during this pain we have all felt. Even though we were not alive on those times, we all feel it and we are all affected by it as they are our ancestors and familiy members from that time. Every year we have dignitaries, politicians come and speak in front of the Parliament and every year we do our commemorations differently, Then we march to the Turkish Embassy to talk to the Turkish Ambassador to stop denying the Armenian genocide and come forth and admit their crimes. We will never stop until Justice has been served for our people. We hope that history will never repeat itself.

In Recent events, Khloe Kardashian and Lemar were interviewed about the Armenian Genocide where later The Armenian Genocide was ranked in the top 10 searches on the Internet this past week which is the type of awareness we need because we want to tell the world about what happened to us. Some people do not even know what an Armenian is and what has happened to us in the past. I commend Khloe, Kim and the Kardashian family for being so supportive and so dedicated to the Armenians and Armenian causes. I really appreciate it from them. Raising awareness not only About the Armenian Genocide, but all the other Genocides in history combined. The Genocide is something so horrible. It means to try to wipe a race out of the world which is not a great thing. Racism and hate does not get anybody anywhere in life. All it creates are problems and more hate. The world needs to learn to live and let live and to love one another and leave countries alone, and help each other out. God Rest all the victims souls who had to be subject of Hate crimes and Genocide.

13 thoughts on “The Armenian Genocide of April 24, 1915 – 97 Years Later

  1. A very meaningful post and spreading awareness to all. Truly genocide is a crime against humanity and must not be condoned. I hope that the Armenians get justice for all they have suffered.

  2. The Armenian Genocide has been in the news lately due to the recent decision from the French Govt to criminalize all nations that deny their responsibility in genocide. Turkey still denies the atrocities of 1915 and that is not acceptable.

    Actually, history tells us the Armenian Genocide occured from 1915 to 1918 but my father was born in the 20’s, not sure when exactly because he was born while his mother fled. HIs father was shot and his mother, pregnant at the time, had to run away with her children. She almost left the baby to die in the desert because she could not care for him. Her sister helped her and saved my father…

    My grandmother, a vibrant woman, lost her life and smile when her husband got deported twice, when she was left to find him across towns all the way to Syria where she lived in a refugee camp with her children. These are the horrors of genocide and they still haunt me, even though I never lived through them… Talin, with your blog post I remembered a prayer I wrote last April on my blog I write about Happiness… these families were robbed of their right to happiness…

    It must stop. Every human being has the right to freedom.

  3. Dear Talin,
    One of the most frustrating aspects of this atrocity is the denial that it ever happened. But it did, and that much loss and suffering takes a toll that lasts for generations. I think I can understand how much it means to you that the Canadian government recognizes officially what most of the world acknowledges was systematic genocide. While it is still incomprehensible that Germany could have perpetrated such horrific crimes against humanity, after WWII it did acknowledge its role and responsibility for committing genocide against the Jews, the Gypsies, and many other minorities and populations. Germany made Holocaust Denial a crime, so that the mistakes it made would not be repeated. Until there is acknowledgement, there is no real hope of healing, making amends, or moving forward.

    Here is what Wikipedia says:

    The Armenian Genocide[4] (Armenian: Հայոց Ցեղասպանություն, Armenian pronunciation: [hɑjotsʰ tsʰɛʁɑspɑnutʰjun]), also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres and, by Armenians, as the Great Crime (Մեծ Եղեռն, Armenian pronunciation: [mɛts jɛˈʁɛrn]) was the systematic killing of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I.[5] It was implemented through wholesale massacres and deportations, with the deportations consisting of forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees. The total number of resulting Armenian deaths is generally held to have been between 1 million and 1.5 million.[6][7][8][9][10] Other ethnic groups were similarly attacked by the Ottoman Empire during this period, including Assyrians and Greeks, and some scholars consider those events to be part of the same policy of extermination.[11][12][13]
    It is widely acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides,[14][15]:177[16] as scholars point to the organized manner in which the killings were carried out to eliminate the Armenians,[17] and it is the second most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust.[18] The word genocide[19] was coined in order to describe these events.[20][21]

  4. Bravo !!!! I agree 200% in fortunately my mom was one if the orphans and I never got to see my grand ma or grand pa. What terrible thing. I hope this never happens again or for that matter to any one

  5. My grandfather was a part of the genocide fought and tried to save our family . Luckily he saved my grandmother who then brought my father to earth in 1923. My grandfather died 2 years after my father was born due to complications of a wound that he had from the genocide. These stories were all told from my late father who passed away in 1998. I truly believe every word you said Talin, god bless you.

  6. Armenian Genocide Is Not a Shakespearian Play
    What is genocide?
    Vanishing a gene!
    Genes of virtuous people
    Who built Etchmiadzin!*
    I opened my eyes,
    Hearing genocide,
    When my ancestors
    Perished in their homeland.
    The Turkish emperors
    Established cultures,
    Killing a loyal nation,
    Cleansing them, unsound.
    Most nations recognized our genocide,
    But civilized courts deliberately ignored,
    Leaving hopes of sufferers to rot!
    How we can forget
    Our sad events?
    If we try to forget,
    Our descent will end!

    Kill a young man and say,
    “This was war’s turmoil.”
    Crush scholars’ skulls
    Smash the contents’ core.
    To state, “That’s anatomy lesson,
    Who said genocide?”
    What is genocide?
    Lance bellies of pregnant brides
    With scimitar sword
    To guess the unborn sex.
    Yet unseen the light:
    This is C-section,* Unnamed genocide!

    Run after virgin girls—
    Enjoy endless rape
    Till they reach a stage
    To take lives away!
    This is Eden’s garden.
    Never counts genocide!
    Hurl boys in rivers in cold April spring,
    Forcing them to swim,
    Ending lives in streams.
    Say, this is a jape,
    None says genocide!

    Put gendarme on doors,
    Counting all households,
    Turning houses to prisons.
    No one can escape!
    Collecting them, then
    Chucking them in carts
    Pushing them hungry
    To sunny desert—Der Zor;**
    Then declare, “This is a camping ground,
    Never shades genocide!”

    How can we forget
    The ancient land we left?
    We left everything— From pen to ink.
    Treasures we forgot,
    Plants, animals, Is it fair to forget
    The dear ones we left?
    We became immigrants
    Near to far-away lands.
    Humans’ looked after us Since 1915.
    We started our life,
    Working keen and hard,
    Begging from no one
    Silently, blaming our God!

    We became their guests—
    Flourishing in host lands.
    Never knew others
    Hurting Armenian hearts.

    They respected us,
    This was genetically natural;
    Without any knowledge
    What meant, human rights!
    They called us
    Trustful, peaceful,
    Precise people In any job, minds crafts.
    Rich Bedouins* took women
    As their second wives
    After saving their lives
    From bloody rivers piled.

    They could not pronounce
    Their difficult names.
    They called them Miriam (Messiah’s mother name),
    Respecting their religion,
    Never forcing their faith!
    Same religion as Turks
    But courteousness genes, bates.

    Every Armenian has a story to tell,
    Access the Internet to read agonies there.
    Civilized senators, knowing human rights,
    Still sinfully deny the century-long genocide!

    Holocaust sufferers
    Also forgot us!
    God, can you hear
    How humans bend to unfair fear?

    Our deep, unhealed pain,
    We feel intensely in our arteries, nerves, veins.
    We feel with all human souls,*
    Lamenting their losses from core to core.

    If every Turk were author Orhan,**
    No one will slaughter Kurds and Armenians!
    If every parliament respected the human soul,
    No one will follow the criminal’s goal.
    Killer genes need mapping,
    Altering to the kindest type.
    Aiming for scientific miracles
    Vanish, the genes of genocide!

    Sylva Portoian,MD
    ISBN: 9781436355094

  7. The German government recognises what was done by the Nazis. The Australian government recognises what was done in the early days to the Aboriginal community. In most countries which were formely the centre of empires, you can freely debate the good and bad deeds and effects of those empires. There are many hopeful things about modern Turkey, but official refusal to recognise what was done to the Armenians is a blot and a millstone.

  8. Great post. My son just read Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian for his homeschool literature class and introduced me to the Armenian genocide. The band System of a Down also has made some music about this.

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